When Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez begrudgingly left esports mainstay OpTic Gaming final yr, he relinquished a world well-known model he had helped construct from the bottom up at a time when dizzying success amongst gaming organizations was not but a phenomenon.
He had not solely pioneered a dominant aggressive membership, but in addition moulded its picture by video platforms and social media in a fashion the remainder of the business has since used as a blueprint. He walked away from that effort amid disagreement with OpTic Gaming’s dad or mum firm, Immortals Gaming Membership, which held a majority stake after he beforehand bought majority management for monetary help.
“It was a part of my being,” HECZ instructed ESPN in September 2019. “I noticed it as one thing that I used to be.”
On Wednesday, HECZ introduced that he had reaquired OpTic Gaming and would flip Chicago’s Huntsmen group into OpTic Chicago within the Name of Obligation League. He launched a video concerning the transfer wherein he introduced out his previous OpTic gadgets from storage, together with a diamond pendant.
The transfer introduced pleasure to an esports group that acknowledges HECZ as a remnant of a extra genuine time earlier than aggressive gaming was infused with gobs of company cash.
“Dude I am so f—ing hyped,” HECZ mentioned in his announcement video after struggling for phrases.
Beneath are a few of the celebratory social media reactions to HECZ’s return to OpTic:
After we met, we talked about OpTic & you instructed me “I’m gonna get it again, simply watch”
Even simply that transient convo I might see how a lot OpTic means to you. Congrats man. Effectively deserved 🙌🏽
— Jake Chamseddine (@JakeChams) November 11, 2020
I am unable to categorical how completely satisfied I’m for @H3CZ with him reclaiming what he constructed.
Hector IS OpTic. He has been a mentor and brother to so many individuals on this business together with me.
Congratulations Hector, the gamers, and the Inexperienced Wall on this unbelievable announcement. OpTic is BACK.
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) November 11, 2020
Hector Rodriguez is the undisputed 🐐
— OpTic Create (@AARONCREATE) November 11, 2020